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I'm watching this for the first time since it aired on Maryland Public Television in the 80s. Bought the DVD a while back, and now I'm finding time to watch it.

It doesn't upsample well on my BluRay player. Some random thoughts:

The Doctor bursts into the church and shouts that all he wants is Tegan's bag! But he wasn't there when it was taken, and hasn't talked to her since. Psychic Doctor!

Oh dear ... I used to have the biggest crush on Will Chandler when I saw this originally. I apparently had weird tastes in my teens. Ewww.

The Doctor has history with ominous cracks in walls.

His interactions with Will are touching. I remember hoping that at the end of the story, Will would continue as a companion. I still think he would have made a good one, although probably too much like Jamie to ever have had a chance of happening. I wonder how much of his interactions were from residual guilt over Adric's death?

When Tegan runs through the puddle in her red high heels ... that had to suck.

I'm loving the school teacher, Jayne Hampton. She also would have made a good companion.

Ike keeps bugging me for pettins. I have work to do, lol!

Peter Davison was so very good as the Doctor. I liked Tom Baker, but it was Peter I wanted to travel with.

"You speak treason!" Doctor: "Fluently!"

The Malus is still creepy. Especially when it dies. The Doctor kills it rather casually in the TARDIS, doesn't he? Probably because he knows it's not really killing it.

The destruction of the church is impressive.

Overall, it still holds up as a favorite of mine. Now to watch the extras, including the famous horse scene.

Date: 2012-02-26 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamer-easy.livejournal.com
That story was a big influence on me with all its psychokinetic hoo-hah. Will Chandler is cute and would have made a superior companion.

(In 1984 some wag told me that Adric was going to be reincarnated in S21; when Will made his dramatic entrance, I thought perhaps this was he. I recall I was still waiting for Adric's miraculous rebirth as late as Twin Dilemma. Oh, wag, whoever you were. I am going to get you.

Date: 2012-02-26 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] outsdr.livejournal.com
Watching the extras, he's still cute, in a friendly mid-50s character way.

Eric Seward mentions that he never would have become a companion, because what do you do with him, especially in a future setting? To me the possibilities seem endless! For that matter, nearly all companions have had to deal with future settings, no matter what time they came from.

I'm not a fan of Eric Seward as a person (For some reason, I think this stems from comments he made on the extras for Earthshock; I need to rewatch it, I think). I'm not sure I'm much of a fan of his attitudes towards Doctor Who, either.

I have all of the Virgin MAs (save one, the one with Peri turning into a bird on the cover, I think.) I don't remember any that picked up after The Awakening; it seems a missed opportunity to explore Will further as a companion. (And something I could easily see Craig Hinton (RIP) or you doing, actually. I wish you and Jon had done more MAs! Ah well.)

Date: 2012-02-26 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamer-easy.livejournal.com
There are challenges, sure, but somehow they stumbled along in futuristic settings with Jamie and Leela. Just takes a bit of imagination, Eric.

Date: 2012-02-26 01:52 am (UTC)
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I used to have the biggest crush on Will Chandler when I saw this originally. I apparently had weird tastes in my teens. Ewww.

I first read this as, "I apparently had weird tastes in teens. Ewww."

Edited Date: 2012-02-26 01:53 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-02-26 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] outsdr.livejournal.com
:o Ewwww!

LMAO

Date: 2012-02-26 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonemagpie.livejournal.com
"You speak treason!" Doctor: "Fluently!"

A direct steal from The Adventures Of Robin Hood! (the Doc says it in Masque of Mandragora as well, IIRC)

Date: 2012-02-26 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] outsdr.livejournal.com
I guess we know who taught it to Robin Hood then. ;)

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